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Chemicals Kill & Pollute

If you don't follow wildlife issues, then it's important to know that anything you put out to kill a pest moves through the food chain. For instance, if you chose chemicals to kill moles and gophers, then predatory birds and animals will eat the poisoned animals and, if they don't die themselves, their offspring surely will. That's how eagles and other predatory birds almost became extinct a few years ago. 

Pesticides on your plants also kill the pest's predators as well. Last year the eucalyptus trees in the Sacramento area developed a pest that a certain type of bee normally eats. In town where so many chemicals have been used to kill the bees (considered bothersome) they had to go to the University of Davis to buy the right kind of bees to bring back to their property to eat the pests on the eucalyptus or risk losing the trees. 

The pests came here also... but so did the bees. As usual when humans stay out of the process nature will balance itself. It didn't take long for the bees to eat the pests and move on. Our trees are healthy and thriving.

There are many downsides to using chemicals... the most is the damage it can do to the environment. And guess what, that means the damage they will do to you and your family as well. Living in the country, especially when you're drinking well water, you're more a part of the environment then when you were in a city drinking water that's gone through a treatment plant and has had bacteria killing chemicals dumped in it. 

Here, what you do to the environment is what you end up eating and drinking. Hum... maybe you'll think twice about it now. At least we hope so.

Chemicals used on your lawn or pesticides used anywhere will eventually find their way into streams, ground water, well water, and to your dinner table. Any chemical we recommend in this has already been checked for any after-effects and we're comfortable in recommending them.  

If we haven't recommended them, then please, ask a lot of questions. Contact the California Department of Fish and Game if you have concerns about something that's been recommended. 

So, please think twice about how you garden and rid your property of pests. There are plenty of natural remedies to almost any problem you'll encounter. If there's something you don't find here, drop us a note. If we don't know how to solve a problem off hand, we'll check with other resources and let you know.

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